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Who’s the worst post-war US president? Obama, Americans tell pollsters

Poll of Americans also puts George W. Bush among least popular post-war US leaders

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 July, 2014, 9:50pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 July, 2014, 9:56pm

President Barack Obama, who is enduring a tough second term, tops a list of the worst US leaders since the second world war, according to a poll of Americans.

The survey results, unveiled by the polling institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, said that 33 per cent of those asked saw Obama as the worst leader in the last 70 years. About 28 per cent picked his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Quinnipiac said that 35 per cent saw Ronald Reagan, president from 1981 to 1989, as the best US leader since 1945, with 18 per cent choosing Bill Clinton and 15 per cent going for the assassinated John F. Kennedy.

"Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of polling for Quinnipiac.

Forty-five per cent of those polled said that America would have been better off had Republican Mitt Romney won the 2012 election, while 38 per cent said the country would be worse off.

Presidents typically take the most heat while they are in office, and many find that their spells in the White House are reevaluated when they have retired and are out of Washington's bitter partisan crossfire.

Bush, who was deeply unpopular at the end of his second term, has seen his ratings edge up in recent years. Others like Clinton were popular on their last day in office and have seen their public opinion ratings remain strong.

The poll appeared to show a bias towards more recent presidents. Only 13 per cent said Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace, was seen as the worst president. Jimmy Carter, whose 1981-85 presidency is often pilloried, was seen as the worst president by only 8 per cent.

The Quinnipiac poll was consistent with other recent surveys, showing Obama's job approval ratings touching near historic lows of around 40 per cent.

A string of political controversies and foreign policy crises have sullied Obama's reputation.


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Is anyone surprised about this?.................Obama is probably the most incompetent and useless person to be ever elected president of the United States...........Now, who do we have to blame for this?..............Oh, the Americans who elected him..............
Clinton had such a great time because most difficult and unpopular decisions were implemented by Bush Sr. (hence he lost the election) and started to work by time Clinton took over. The Dem owed the Rep a big one on that. Ironically, Obama is having such a hard time because he took over such a royal sized MESS from Bush Jr, economically, financially, politically (domestic and int'l)...you name it. Maybe this is Dem's payback time to the Rep. A President is not only the product of his (or her, one day) own making, but also of the ones before him.
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Excluding FDR, the best Potus who worked against and opposed the staus quo, the military and financial complexes would be JFK and at a distant second, Nixon.
The rest of them is and were all slaves and courtesans of the "machine" behind USA, whether they know it or not.
Sadly, this is pretty true.
Nixon was the best, in spite of being a bigot as well as a loner. And he wasn't guilty of anything that any other president wasn't as well, except perhaps, just maybe, Jimmy Carter.
35% of the pollsters thought the best post-war president was one who caused America's debt to jump from several billion to 2.8 trillions, raised taxes for the middle class while lowering taxes for the rich, increased unemployment and poverty, tried vetoing an anti-Apartheid act on South Africa and indirectly helped Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban rise to power in Afghanistan. So frankly, as much as I'm disappointed with Obama I'm taking this poll with a grain of salt.
Without doubt, warmonger George Bush.
Obama sent his witless wife to China to throw sand in Chinese eyes,
while he plotted with Japan on their rearmament.
Obama is a real snake in the grass.
Notice the very similar figure on disapproving Obama and approving Reagan--essentially the same people? So this proves that a guy who is pounded by the right endlessly for eight years is hated by the same people. Obama attracts some disappointment from his supporters because he has not been able to push some of his agenda past these people, but a realistic assessment might better appreciate how he dealt with what he was handed at the end of the Bush disaster: financial crisis, health care crisis, military crisis?
I Gandhi
Snake Obama of course. Nobody like snakes or devil worshippers like Shinzo Abe.




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